Earnhardt Jr., Keselowski deadlocked atop Daytona 500 odds

Earnhardt Jr., Keselowski deadlocked atop Daytona 500 odds

Busch hit the wall a few laps into the race, the green squiggly M logo on the hood crushed as the vehicle was towed to the garage.

Much like golf's Andy North, who had two U.S. Open victories in three career PGA Tour wins, Waltrip saved his very best for stock car's biggest stage. We wished it counted towards the playoffs.

Keslowski dominated the race (leading a race-high 28 laps), and gave up the lead for the first time to Kyle Busch only right before the competition caution displayed on Lap 26. The overall race is decided in the third stage with the victor scoring 40 points.

The lure for drivers at the end of the first two stages are regular-season points awarded to the top 10, plus a bonus point for a stage victor to carry into the playoffs. There have also been some changes made to the championship points earned at each event. "Once you second-guess yourself one time, it snowballs and it just continues throughout the rest of the race". As long as we can start the season off with more speed than we have had to start the previous years off, I think we'll have more opportunities to get wins.

He may already have the pole for Sunday's Daytona 500, but Chase Elliott proved yet again that his 24 Hendrick Chevrolet is the vehicle to beat in last night's first of two Can-Am Duels at Daytona. A rainy Saturday night at Daytona caused the race to move to Saturday morning. Coupled with the points at stake in each stage, drivers and crew chiefs will face challenging decisions on when to get new rubber.

Patrick went on to say that she wouldn't risk her health and her future if medical experts told her that another concussion could create a major problem for her.

Waltrip wants to "figure out a way to get to the front, run up front and finish in the top 10". Tracks that chew up tires will be much more of a wild card or a roulette-style feel. But the relationship got off to a rocky start when Waltrip's auto was found to be using an illegal fuel additive.

The Daytona 500 entry list was divided into groups of 21 for each of the 150-lap heat races.

Jimmie Johnson has been strong, but has had bad luck this entire week. They get dealt a hard hand. "Nothing out of the ordinary", Busch said. Not least: a 45% loss in viewership over the last 11 seasons, a global economic crisis that hit its largely white, working-class fan base hardest and necessitating the removal of great swaths of seats from tracks all over the country.

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To review, industry leaders - including a handful of drivers - came together during the off-season and blew up the Chase format.

"It's going to be interesting to see what happens". A lot of people in life don't get the chance to do what they want to do.

Since then, Waltrip has concentrated on his media duties while running the occasional race.

"You know, I try not to get reflective or nostalgic because it just - it's too emotional", Waltrip said. I love the guys I'm working with. If not, fewer races will be on TV, fewer dollars will be flowing into the sport and they'll have to adapt. The only tracks where he's had more top-five finishes than Loudon (eight) are Bristol (nine), Daytona (12) and Pocono (13).

Daytona seemed like the ideal place to end his career.

Turns out, that sibling rivalry transformed the brothers into the ultimate competitors who joined the family business and will race in the Daytona 500 on Sunday at the Daytona International Speedway.

"We were kidding with Jeff", Campbell said. "But the most important segment at Dayton is lap 200".

Chevrolet has won the Daytona 500 23 times, and Ford is runner up with 14 wins.

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